I was left with the question "do I care what people think of me"? I honestly don't know the definitive answer to that. Sometimes, of course I care, at other times, no.
The date with the young man went ahead as planned, I'm extremely glad it did. His confidence and candour, both under estimated but very welcome. The date ended with a passionate kiss and this morning I've already received an enthusiastic email enquiring into my availability to meet again.
Age is just a number, however, I can't help but think of Harry Enfield's sketch - 'Oooooh young man'.